Our Services


  • Collection building
  • Appraisals
  • Sale of books, letters and papers to collectors and institutions
  • Purchase of books, letters, and diaries, and miscellaneous printed material
  • Presentations to clubs, groups or "friends of library" associations


Jim Presgraves, Proprietor of Bookworm & Silverfish, has appraised single books and collections of books and/or manuscripts, letters, and documents since 1968 for inheritance, insurance, and donation purposes. As a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, he has participated in its Appraisal Clinics.


In considering an appraisal, the inventory will be surveyed and a capped estimate of the fee will be provided. This estimate will include time spent in viewing, research, and travel expenses.


NO CHARGE FOR INITIAL DISCUSSION. Additional details are available. Please call 276-620-2665. References can be exchanged. Questions are welcome.